What are the differences? – Between Beta and Final-released Version of SMC Skype WiFi Phones

I came across this message on a famous Taiwan cell phone discussion forum, saying some SMC Skype WiFi phone Beta-testing units were put on and sold at the Yahoo-Taiwan auction site. In order to help readers like you to make sure your SMC WiFi phone is the final release, AmperorDirect managed to get a hold of a Beta-testing unit. You can see our comparison results in below:

1. The major difference is the capability for the phone to update its software when it is connected to a WiFi network. The final released SMC Skype WiFi phone can update the software to the latest available version (Go Menu > Settings > Advanced > Software Updates). As to today, 2006/09/22, your final released SMC WiFi phone should have the V1.0.0.10 software (dated at 2006/09/13). If you find your phone cannot do software update, chances are you have the Beta-testing unit. This can be a potential issue.

(Left: Final released version. Right: Beta version.)

2. When you receive your final-released SMC Wifi phone, you should be able to see the Skype certified label at the back of the phone. The phone received the Skype certification on 2006/9/14. The Beta-testing units which were produced before that date, should not have the label on it.

(Left: Final released version. Right: Beta version.)

3. The final released SMC WiFi phones we received come as a truly multi-language version (The two available languages are English and Chinese). The beta version we got is an English only phone.

(English & Traditional Chinese Language supported on the final released verion)

4. The final released SMC WiFi phones we have come with a 3.7V 1200mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery. The Beta version we received comes with a 3.7V 1100mAh Li-ion rechargeable battery. Although, this might not be a good way to tell if the phone is a Beta version or not. The battery capacity difference (8%) is small. Both batteries might all be on the BOM.

(Left: Final released version. Right: Beta version.)

If you get your SMC WiFi phone from AmperorDirect, you don’t need to worry about getting the Beta version. Our phones come directly from SMC. If you buy your phone on eBay, please ask the vendor to check if they are selling a Beta version.

BTW, see the Safety certs label inside the battery compartment.

Click to see the SMC Skype WiFi Phone Review

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2 Responses to “What are the differences? – Between Beta and Final-released Version of SMC Skype WiFi Phones”

  1. Ellen Says:

    your right!

  2. maggie Says:

    very nice, very nice

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